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      Kevin Bonine

      Mt Lemmon Field Excursion, Educator Celebration, and Teacher STEM Professional Learning opportunity – 28 Sept 2019. K-12 Educators, Apply Now. Space is limited. Preference for Pima Co. educators.

      A Field Adventure and Celebration for Educators & Supporters, Sponsored by the Regional Partnering Center, the UA College of Science, Tucson Values Teachers, and Visit Tucson. No cost. Meals and transportation provided.

      Saturday September 28, 2019
      7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
      Leave and Return from UA Sky School Outpost: 8892 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

      Space is Limited – To Apply and Register visit:

      For more information contact:
      Kevin Bonine at or Tamara Prime at

      The Tucson area, with perhaps its most valuable regional attraction– the beautiful and diverse Sonoran Desert and Sky Island setting– is an under-utilized resource for educating the work force of tomorrow. Our future workforce, amid a context of rapid technological advancements, needs to be STEM-literate and able to think critically amidst ever-increasing amounts of information. Place-based, immersive, authentic science experiences foster acquisition of the inquiry skills and mindset necessary for innovating solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. Field science, location-specific assets, and complementary disciplines are a valuable way to inspire today’s educators and students to prepare for and create our smart region.
      This exciting field trip will celebrate educators and provide valuable professional learning experiences to further improve STEM education among Tucson-area K-12 students. With several active, educational stops along the Mt Lemmon highway, and a wrap up evening at the UA Sky Center, this will be a trip not to miss!

      *** In partnership with Pima Association of Governments (PAG); Visit Tucson; Tucson Values Teachers (TVT, a program of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council); Pima County School Superintendent; Arizona STEM Educator Leadership Association (AZSELA); Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA); and Why I Love Where I Live.

      The Sense of Place field excursion will take place along the Mt. Lemmon highway transect on Saturday September 28, 2019, with an evening telescope wrap-up at the UA Sky Center. Join the Dean of the UA College of Science, Joaquin Ruiz, and other UA faculty, researchers, and staff as we celebrate our region, our educators, and the wonders of science.
      Space is limited, so please submit your request to participate as soon as possible. There is no fee to participate, and transportation, meals, and educational materials will be provided.
      We will begin reviewing applications on August 25th and notify participants on a rolling basis thereafter.

      Workshop Details:
      Accepted educators will be asked to arrive by 7:40 am at the UA Sky School Outpost, 8892 E. Tanque Verde Road: southwest corner of Tanque Verde and Bear Canyon Road, next to Crossroads Coffee Company. The return to that location from Mt Lemmon will be at about 10 pm.
      Space and funding are limited; we will be evaluating participation requests to create the most appropriate field workshop cohort of about 30 teachers. Especially valuable will be more than one teacher applying and participating from the same school. Certificates of teacher professional learning credit will be provided upon satisfactory completion of the day-long field excursion.
      Participants should be prepared for changes in weather, from hot at the base to cold and windy at the top, above 9,000′. A jacket and warm hat are recommended for the high-elevation evening program. Sun protection, comfortable walking shoes, and a water bottle are appropriate for the entire day.
      Additional information will be sent to you upon notification of acceptance via email.

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